Approx. 5” X 5” X 5”
MRI’s, Frosted vellum paper hand-printed with permanent ink
This single weave basket is woven from MRI’s to illustrate our connection to our ancestors through their buried remains. These splints are combined with those cut from frosted vellum, on which the words of NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) have been hand-written.
Prior to 1990 there were no laws regulating the excavation of Indian burial sites or what occurred to the remains and objects found at these sites. Individuals profited from the selling of these remains to museums and private collections without regard to the cultural significance. I have met many people who have become active in the repatriation battle when they unexpectedly saw clothing and artifacts in museum displays that they had recently buried with their loved ones. The 1990 passage of NAGPRA gave tribes the legal authority to stop this grave looting and reclaim ancestral remains, funerary and patrimony items from museums and private collections.
The traditional Cherokee pattern is called Arrowhead Point.
MRI’s are not recognized as an archival medium; the expected degradation of this piece is considered to be part of the statement.